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Why do popular frozen pizzas (Digiorno, CPK, Store brand) all have a sugery taste to them?

Asked by Kraigmo (7802points) September 16th, 2010

Eating this stuff, you’ll notice a sugary taste in the sauce and crust.

What trashy people are they taste testing this stuff on?

Does anyone out there actually like sugary pizza?

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aprilsimnel's avatar

High fructose corn syrup

It’s in the sauce. It’s in the crust.

It’s bad for you. If you see it on the ingredients list of something you want to buy, don’t buy it. Don’t eat it.

Trillian's avatar

Wow. You don’t like the food so anyone who does is trashy? I don’t know about the sauce, but bread will get a sweet taste after you start to chew it. It has to do with the molecular structure; as it breaks down, it turns to sugar which is then stored in the body.
I clicked on the question because I just glanced and thought you had written “surgery” taste. I thought; “How can anything taste like surgery?”
I need to get new glasses.

poisonedantidote's avatar

If its processed, chances are its loaded with suggar or some other horrible stuff. This may help.

Ben_Dover's avatar

I used to love those frozen pizzas!

Kraigmo's avatar

@Trillian (and for those who wonder about the word ‘trashy’) , I was just generalizing and sneaking in a comment. But here’s the thought I have about this situation: Frozen pizza, I thought, was supposed to be a cheap alternative to Pizzeria Pizza. In the 70’s and 80s (mostly the 80s, after they perfected the flash freezing technique)... frozen pizza did indeed mimic the Italian taste of Pizzeria Pizza.

But in the early 90s, the frozen companies started, en masse, increasing the sugar and/or corn syrup content in their frozen pizzas. I don’t know the reasoning, and thus the question.

However, my guess is that they have focus groups and taste testers, and at some point, these people decided they enjoy more sugar in the pizzas.

But, paradoxically… the focus groups and taste testers of large pizzerias don’t bend toward sugar.

Which leads me to believe that the frozen companies are hiring focus groups that are based in trashy areas of America, the areas where it’s more common to eat Twinkies than eat bread… the areas where it’s more common to drink Coke than water or tea or juice… the areas where it’s more common to eat Captain Crunch instead of Cheerios. There’s a reason people on Jerry Springer’s show often have missing teeth. And they make very poor focus group participants, but they’re the first ones to sign up because they need the fifty bucks.

NaturallyMe's avatar

Ew, it sounds like hot dog rolls that i’ve bought before, they come in packs of 6, but they’re somehow different from fresh bread. They also have this sweetish taste to them that i really don’t like, so i buy the fresh bread rolls instead and they taste just fine.
I don’t know how anyone can like that fake bread taste, or whatever it is.

Plucky's avatar

@Trillian Lol I thought it said “surgery” too.

mrentropy's avatar

It’s sugar or corn syrup. I don’t like sweet tomato sauce. And I absolutely detest sweet potato salad and I can’t believe the “home made” potato salad you can buy in stores is loaded with high fructose corn syrup. Especially since I don’t know anyone who makes potato salad with sugar or HFCS.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

The sweet taste is gross to me but it must be addicting to people and that’s why more and more is put into the ingredients. I have the same issue with jarred marinara sauce, canned soups and salad dressings and prepared salad mixes like @mrentropy describes, I avoid them all as much as possible.

Aster's avatar

The High Fructose Corn Syrup people actually have a commercial now on tv and they say “I used to think it was bad for me but now I know it’s just another form of sugar! I like Totino’s but I add a lot of stuff to it. I just love the crust on that brand. I don’t remember the last time I had one.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Wow, the corn board has some major brass ones to put that on television.

mrentropy's avatar

For the most part, I don’t care about HFCS; just keep it out of my tomato sauce and potato salad.

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